October 23, 2014

Nathan Cirillo - A Canadian Soldier killed by a Jihadist in Ontario

Nathan Cirillo
Corporal Nathan Cirillo, age 24, of Hamilton, Ontario, died in the line of duty on October 22, 2014, at a hospital in Ottawa, Canada.

Nathan was an Army Reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

At about 10:00 a.m., Corporal Cirillo was standing on honorary guard at the National War Memorial, near the Parliament Buildings, when he was shot at point blank range by a stranger whose face was half covered. Nathan was given immediate first aid and rushed to the hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries.

Nathan was shot by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, age 32, a Canadian convert to Islam. Zehaf-Bibeau then made his way to the Parliament Buildings with his rifle, entered the building and was shot to death by guards and police there. Authorities believe that the actions of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau were some
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (photo
taken at the scene of the
sort of Jihadist attack.

Zehaf-Bibeau was the son of a Libyan father and a French-Canadian mother. He was on the Canadian terror watchlist. The authorities had seized his passport to prevent him from leaving the country to join ISIS or other Islamic terror groups. He had prior convictions for drug possession and robbery.

Nathan Cirillo was a single father of a five year old boy who is in kindergarten. He had served as a military cadet when he was a kid. When not serving with the Army Reserves, Nathan worked as a personal fitness trainer and as a bouncer at a bar in Hamilton. He wanted to make the military his full time and permanent career.

Friends stated that Nathan always had a smile on his face. He could elevate the mood in a room. He was a good man who would do anything to help anybody out. He was just there if you needed him. He loved to play the guitar and he loved his two dogs.

All of Canada is in mourning over the death of this young soldier. Oceans of tears will be shed for him.

Military officials stated that the Highlanders are in mourning over the death of their
Angels of God, pray for Nathan and for those who
have lost him.  Pray for his son who has lost
his Dad. 
brother. He was a respected member of their team. He will be forever remembered.

Nathan's family are devastated over his tragic death. Family members said that although Nathan had gone through a somewhat difficult upbringing, he had persevered and was looking forward to achieving the goals he had set for himself.

He will be forever mourned.

Nathan is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Kathy; his father in Costa Rica; two sisters; and his young son, Marcus.

Thank you for your service to your country, Nathan.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to strangers.

God save us from the religious extremists of all faiths. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that Nathan is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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